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Early Summer 2013

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My dream...

a thriving town centre By estate agent Mick Money p10-13


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Under the Market Cross with veteran journalist Ivor Harvey We know everyone loves our “Way Ahead” magazine but its not every day we get an accolade from a world-famous author. It was none other than Bill Bryson who dropped me a note saying:

“Thank you very much for the copy of your excellent magazine. I enjoyed it immensely and hope it is a huge success for you – and for Wymondham. All best wishes – Bill Bryson.”

The best-selling author’s south Norfolk home is close to Wymondham and since he is president of the Campaign to Protect Rural England we trust our efforts to preserve and promote all that’s best about the ancient market town are especially appreciated. Some of the aims of CPRE’s mission statement are extremely apt in the way they apply to Wymondham. For instance: “*Better planning will ensure we reinvigorate towns and cities, while local people will take an active role in planning truly green energy and transport infrastructure… “*Above all, we will change attitudes – beauty, tranquillity, green spaces and local distinctiveness will be valued by all… making quality of life and well-being as important as financial prosperity and economic growth.” Sentiments we can all echo as the building boom continues all around us. It’s a boom which – as Mick Money points out on pages 10-13 – needs to be controlled for the benefit of everyone who wants to protect the best of Wymondham’s past, present and future.

Time to focus on new ideas?

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fter my last column drew attention to the closed-down Focus DIY store I’ve come across a variety of suggestions as to how it could be put to good use.

Top of the list is the idea of turning it into some kind of meeting placecum-activity centre for youngsters on the basis that Wymondham is sadly lacking in this respect. A ten-in bowling alley or a cinema are other suggestions but a mini-bus park-and-ride to take the pressure off parking in the town centre seems quite an imaginative idea. All this pre-supposes its future is not already mapped out. Who knows? Meanwhile – any more bright ideas?

Attleborough shows us the way to go

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ell done, Attleborough getting together a petition 1178-strong opposing the National Express’s decision not to stop at either Attleborough or Wymondham with their 727 service.

Whether it will have any effect remains to be seen but at least the effort has ben made. In Wymondham, as far as I know, not a finger has been lifted in protest. What a shame.

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Special feature

Cambridge- bound‌ the service via Wymondham now carries almost a million passengers a year.

Norwich – Cambridge link goes from strength to strength The Norwich to Cambridge direct train service celebrated its tenth anniversary last autumn following the establishment of the route in 2002. During this time the link has consistently grown in popularity as a vital part of the transport infrastructure serving the town of Wymondham and the county, in offering a genuine alternative to road travel along the increasingly congested A11. PETER MEADES, Greater Anglia media manager, traces its development and hopes for the future.

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ore than ten years on, it seems incredible now that prior to 2002, there was no direct train service between the cathedral cities of Norwich and Cambridge, with passengers taking the train required to change at Ely. The direct service was pioneered by Anglia Railways and has subsequently been improved further by successor train operators including the current provider, Greater Anglia. In its first year of operation, over 300,000 passengers used the service and remarkably that figure has

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more than trebled with now almost one million journeys being taken on the route annually, emphasising its popularity and importance as a strategic transport link for the region. Mid-Norfolk MP George Freeman has been working with Network Rail and Greater Anglia to help build the case for future upgrades on the route. Network Rail is committed to improving Ely North Junction, work which will assist in the prospect of an enhanced frequency of service between Norwich and Cambridge in the future, which is currently

served by an hourly timetable. The signalling on the line has recently been upgraded and modernised by Network Rail and the importance of new investment is vital in supporting the vitality of market towns along the Norwich to Cambridge line, including Wymondham and Attleborough. Across the railways generally, more people are now travelling on Britain’s rail network than since the 1920s and on Greater Anglia alone, over two million passenger journeys are made each week.


March News The transformation of railways as a growing means of travel shows no sign of abating with the industry planning for continued growth. Whereas 50 years ago when the Beeching Report was published, the opposite view existed with the industry seen to be in decline with falling passenger numbers. The Norwich to Cambridge service embraces the full breadth of the social spectrum with journeys made for leisure, business and commuting reasons. The synergy that exists between the two main centres in areas of business such as science, information technology and research ensures a healthy exchange of commuters and business travellers on a daily basis.

Radical plans approved for Kings Head Meadow

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ar-reaching plans are unveiled for the future of King Head Meadow at a town council meeting attended by over 200 people. The council unanimously approves the plan which will involve a new community building housing a function room, changing facilities and a café. Relocating the town council offices within the building is also proposed and Wymondham Town Football Club will continue to use the revamped site.

Abbey gets big lottery fund grant

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he long-awaited news is released of a huge grant towards transforming Wymondham Abbey via a £2.5m “Abbey Experience Project”. The Heritage Lottery grant will provide £1.5million with the remainder coming from the abbey and other organisations. Plans include a visitor centre, new choir vestry and study space.

Summer target date for CCTV cameras Andrew Goodrum, Customer Service Director, Greater Anglia (centre) with a commemorative cake to celebrate the 10th anniversary of the service. Andrew is flanked by Greater Anglia’s Graham Ellingham and Jonathan Denby.

And for a market town such as Wymondham, having a thriving rail service is important for its local economy helping to generate visits for leisure, shopping and also acting as a vital conduit for families and individuals who do not have access to a car. This is especially so for the younger generation and as the train users of the future, encouraging them to use their local train service when visiting places such as Norwich for the cinema perhaps, only helps to add to the importance that a thriving train service brings to its community.

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lans for new CCTV security cameras in Wymondham could be in place this summer – providing volunteers are found to oversee the system. South Norfolk Council say without the volunteers the scheme cannot go ahead.

Wymondham gets IVF fertility clinic

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STRAINS Development has to be for the benefit of all Local estate agent, Mick Money, sets out his vision of a Wymondham that embraces old values, new ideas - and turns future housing developments to its advantage.

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s a local estate agent many people have commented on how I should be rubbing my hands at the proposed development that is coming to Wymondham. My answer as always is that yes, I am a local estate agent, but more importantly I am a Wymondham person born and bred and my love for my home town is as strong as the day I was born over 50 years ago!

I remember my childhood with fond memories… fishing in the River Tiffey for stickleback and bullheads, walking along the railway lines and diving into the ditches every time a steam train was heading towards us! One of my fondest memories was the Co-Op and Briton Brush Works siren sounding every lunch time, the

hundreds of cyclists coming home for their lunch and the queues all the way up Pople Street during the strikes when the only take-away in those days was fish and chips… But how the town used to thrive with family businesses: in no particular order, names such as Harvey’s and Gaytons Fish shops, Corstons, Bowhill, and Percivals convenience

As a child I went to Browick Road School followed by Robert Kett and then onto Wymondham High School. It was a real shock to me 25 years later when my children went to the same schools and had the same teachers as I had, slightly embarrassing going to parents’ evening knowing what I was like at their age! So you see nothing much had changed in all that time!

ABOVE: Standley’s ironmonger’s shop at Town Green in the early 1900s. TOP: Wharton’s shop in Market Street taken in 1950s. They also had a shop in Damgate.

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stores, Wharton’s butchers, Proctors, Cookes and Skinners shoe shops, Brookes and Baileys bike shops, John Littles gentleman’s outfitters, Bedingfields clothes shop, Stratfords Army and Navy Store and two Standley electrical shops…We even had a fruit and veg shop called Douglas’s and the aptly named Bunn the Bakers, to name a but a few! Why was the town thriving in those days? Because we had local industry employing local people who in return shopped at the many local family -run businesses in our town centre! So what has happened since those thriving 70’s and 80’s? Continued on page 12

Proctor’s shop in 1954.

Views studied on area action plan

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outh Norfolk District Council says it is now analyzing the response to its public consultation on the latest draft of the Wymondham Area Action Plan. The plans aim to steer development through to 2026 – embracing the target set when the plan was first hatched to provide 2200 new homes by that date. The two-month consultation closed in March and the analysis will take into account comments received from an online form, by post and through the consultation events at Fairland Church Centre and Central Hall during February.

It is hoped the final plan will go to full Council for a decision in the summer. If passed, it will be subject to a further period of public consultation before being submitted for an “Examination in Public” led by an independent government inspector. The council says that if it is felt that any of the comments received from the latest consultation raise larger issues that need addressing, it may result in a second public consultation on a revised draft document before it is sent to Council. Details on the progress of the plan will be updated online at www.south-norfolk.gov.uk/wymondham.

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STRAINS My dream – to see the town centre thriving again Mick Money spells out how he believes Wymondham’s future could be developed Continued from page 11

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o what has happened since those thriving 70’s and 80’s? I suppose it all began with the closure of the Co-Op and Briton Brush factories. I remember watching in horror as the 50ft Co-Op chimney crashed to the ground with explosives as developers started to build the first of many houses that were to come to Wymondham over the next 20 years and see it double its population. Since then we have continued to grow with Harts Farm, Whispering Oaks and Spooners Rise developments. However, at the same time our town centre has lost many family businesses leaving us with a town centre full of charity shops, banks and, dare I say it, estates agents looking to cash in on the future development of this once thriving Norfolk market town! So when I was asked to write this article I felt I was the only qualified estate agent in town that could write

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as a local family business with over 50 years experience having lived and worked in our town all my life. Like our Fire Station and Swimming Pool that used to be part of our town centre the shops too have gone to the outskirts of town in the form of supermarkets - and our football club nearly followed suit but for some strong protests from locals recently! So what does another 3000 houses mean in reality? Well, statistics tell us there are 1.6 children to one house that equates to another 3600 children looking for education in our

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already over-subscribed soughtafter schools and with them another 7200 parents, that’s a total of 10,800 looking for doctors, dentists etc. Can our infrastructure cope? I doubt it looking at the chaos at the Waitrose roundabout every day! As a Rotarian I am a great believer in ‘Is it for the benefit of all?” Well, the Government will tell us we need more houses and that’s a fact! As a local my dream would be to see the town centre thrive again and I believe this could be done by using one of our biggest assets, Wymondham Abbey. I would like to see coach loads of tourists coming into town and being met in the Market Cross by a local

historian who would tell them all about ‘Ketts Rebellion” and the “Great Fire of Wymondham”. Then they would be given a guided tour around the town centre pedestrian walkway, being shown areas of interest such as Becket’s Chapel and the Green Dragon public house before spending an hour in the impressive Wymondham Abbey with its Gold Altar. Afterwards they would come back into town to the many coffee shops, bistros and restaurants - sitting outside enjoying the impressive architecture the town has to offer! And how I would like to see the return of family businesses… the opening of specialist shops like the old tobacconists, sweet shops, antiques, watches, gift shops, etc, making our town centre thrive and buzz with activity once again.

My dream: to see a pedestrian walk-way in the town centre and tourists enjoying the impressive architecture…. Wymondham Abbey… the Green Dragon pub… Becket’s Chapel…

So what about another 3000 houses? If it makes our town a better place then why not? If it is beneficial for all concerned and not just lining the pockets of developers then why not? If it makes our town centre thrive once again then “yes”! So what is my stance on future development? I believe that anything that happens should be for the benefit of all!

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Charity Focus

The long-serving volunteers at Wymondham’s Children’s Society shop perform the opening ceremony as the shop re-opens after its revamp.

Veteran volunteers re-open charity shop

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n amazing landmark in service to the Children’s Society was marked with the re-opening of the charity’s Wymondham store.

The veterans were all there to join in the official cutting of the tape when the shop re-opened after a refurbishment.

Four volunteers have each chalked up 22 years serving the society’s customers and together with three others have between them recorded over 130 years’ service.

Celebrating 22 years were Joyce Reynolds, Edna Andrews, Brenda Chenery and Jill Clarke. Following closely behind were Valerie Gowthrop (17 years), Edna Andrews (16 years) and Diana Mutimer (13 years). The popular Market Street shop moved to its present premises 19 years ago and under the leadership of manager Paula Greatbanks

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A team of 25 volunteers maintain sixdays-a-week opening hours. Customers are very impressed with the revamp, says Paula – and many comment that it looks far from a runof-the-mill charity shop. Children’s Society shops are in 90 locations spread throughout the country - four of them in Norfolk -and the funds raised help runaway children, disabled youngsters and refugees. The Wymondham shop is always looking for more stock and welcomes most things except large furniture. Men’s clothing is in particular short supply but all clothing, toys, games,


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More homes planned for Hethersett site books and haberdashery and brica-bac are needed. Electrical items can also be taken in working or nonworking order. “Things are flying out of the door,” says Paula. “We always need more stock and pick-ups can be arranged where there is a substantial amount being offered”. While the volunteers are mainly retired people – and more will be welcome - youngsters, too, can work in the shop on a part-time basis and they can use the experience to obtain NVQ qualifications over a six-month period. “We welcome more volunteers coming forward to work in what is always a very friendly and relaxed atmosphere,” said Paula.

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nother 158 homes are to be built at Hethersett on land to the north of Great Melton Road despite more than 30 objections, including opposition from the parish council. South Norfolk District Council has approved the application from Gladevale Estates.

Counting the cost of Kings Head Meadow project…

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lans are moving ahead with the Kings Head Meadow development project, which includes replacing the football clubhouse with a new community building. Details of costs for the project are still being compiled by the town council’s working party.

Charities benefit from circular cycle ride

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ore than 500 cyclists take part in the 30/60 circular cycle ride beginning in Hethersett. The event – in its second year – is again over-subscribed and raises thousands of pounds for charity.

New supermarket on the cards at Attleborough

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lans have been submitted for a new retail development in Attleborough on the Banham Poultry site in Station Road. Previous ideas mooted for the site have included a big supermarket and petrol station. The poultry firm plans to move to a Bunns Bank site.

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Butchers’ sponsored charity slim raises £2,000

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Supporting the Food Bank: Rotarians (left to right) Hugh Morgan, Norman Saunders, Pauline Henderson, Margaret and Terry Hickman-Smith.

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ymondham’s Food Bank – set up to help people in desperate need - is finding more and more people are asking for its help. The Foodbank – operating from the Baptist Church in the centre of town every Monday afternoon - is now planning to open on a second day each week in order to meet the demand. Despite Wymondham’s comparative wealth set against some of Norfolk’s

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deprived areas the Food Bank – an offshoot of the Norwich organization – still has an important role to play, often when redundancy or illness creates a cash crisis before the bureaucracy of the benefits system kicks in. Wymondham Rotary Club, in association with the town’s Baptist and United Reformed Churches, currently runs the Wymondham branch of the Norwich Foodbank each Monday from 2.15 to 3.45pm. The distribution centre provides individuals, couples and families who fall into financial crisis a chance to obtain enough healthy food to sustain themselves for three days. Care professionals and support systems such as the Citizens Advice

Bureau are responsible for identifying those in need and provide vouchers which can be exchanged for the food boxes. Volunteers at the Wymondham centre also use its opening hours to receive donations and are encouraging people to look through their kitchen cupboards for suitable items. Items suitable for donation include tinned vegetables, fruit and meat, tea bags and coffee, pasta, carton fruit juice, sugar, breakfast cereals and UHT milk, as well as baby food and nappies. Norman Saunders, the Rotarian who co-ordinates the Food Bank arrangements, said despite Wymondham appearing a fairly


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diverse tenants including the object of his desires university administrator Ruth Jones, plus medical student Alan, and fellow student Phillip who are the victims of Rigsby’s prejudice.

Don Warrington, who played putupon tenant Philip in the original Seventies small-screen hit, is heading behind-the-scenes to direct the new production, which takes to the Norwich Theatre Royal stage on June 17-22.

Rising Damp, Monday 17-Saturday 22 June at 7.30pm, and Wednesday and Saturday matinees at 2.30pm. Tickets £5.50-£22.50. Discounts for Friends, Corporate Club, Over-60s, Under-18s and Groups.

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ld Buckenham Air Show will be back again this summer bigger and better than ever before. The show attracted thousands of visitors last year and this June the show on the former world war two airfield will be extended from one to two days Saturday June 22 and Sunday June 23. Visiting aircraft will cover aviation from the first world war to high-tech aerobatic machines. Highlights of the flying display include the RAF Battle of Britain Memorial Flight with their iconic Spitfire, WWI dog fighting, Wildcat

Aerobatics performing a spectacular biplane routine and a Jet Provost RAF trainer. As well as a spectacle in the air there will be lots of action on the ground too. Expect to see a whole new military encampment with living history displays and demonstrations. Live bands will be playing in the Blister hangar throughout the weekend. The funfair is far larger in 2013, and centrally located for easy access. Last year the number of classic cars on show went over the 500 mark and just as many are expected this year. Pleasure flights will be offered throughout Saturday, as well as trial lessons and flights in the famous WWII Stearman Biplane.

Old Buckenham has just become the first airshow to book the extraordinary Travel Air Type R Mystery Ship for a display as part of the airshow. The aircraft won the 1929 Cleveland Air Race against a field of military entrants. In doing so the aircraft entered aviation legend. It has taken over four years of painstaking work to re-create the machine using the original plans.

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t’s 20 years this June since Wymondham’s Regal Cinema closed and to mark the occasion a Regal Reunion is being organised by the man who ran the cinema for many years – Les King. The charity event on Saturday, June 29, is being sponsored by I.D Sweepers at the Wymondham Town Football Club in aid of the local Star Throwers cancer charity.

ymondham’s Heritage Museum has got off to a good start this season with visitor numbers up on last year. Its egg hunt over Easter brought in a flock of visitors looking for indoor pursuits while the cold weather persisted.

It will feature Sixties music from Owen’s Disco and a barbecue with food supplied by Hazels Butchers and David Ready.

Special displays tell how the town developed from 1066 to the present and “Portrait of a village” depicts life in nearby Morley. The museum is open Monday to Saturday 10am to 4pm until the autumn and you can buy a season ticket providing entry through to the November closing date.

The event starts at 6pm. “If you used to come to my cinema and disco you will be made very welcome,” says Les.

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classic Western is the Regal Experience’s next presentation at the Wymondham Ex-Services’ Club (Regal Cinema). River of No Return (1954), starring the legendary Marilyn Monroe opposite Robert Mitchum in a tale of the old West, will be screened on Sunday June 9. Marilyn, a sexy saloon singer, and Mitchum, a farmer, are drawn together on an eventful river journey after a gambler, played by Rory Calhoun, steals the farmer’s horse. Supporting will be a nostalgic look at holiday camps in the 1960s and a display about Marilyn’s movie career. The show begins at 2.30pm with tickets available from Maureen Dodman (01953 605593) or Michael Armstrong (01953 603246) and at Simply Cards, Market Street, Wymondham. Marilyn Monroe - glamorous saloon singer in “River of No Return”.

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ymondham’s Music Festival Fortnight returns from Saturday 22 June to Sunday 7 July, with 40 events, some organised by other groups, many of them free, in venues across the town. Enjoy performances by national, regional and local musicians with everything from Rachmaninov, Bach and Britten to folk, Americana, swing, jazz, flamenco, blues, bluegrass and contemporary rock. Festival Fortnight kicks off on the morning of 22 June with a Market Place concert from Wymondham High Jazz Orchestra and the Jazz Band of the Gymnasium Waldstrasse, Hattingen (10am). Then in the evening The Lightning Thieves, Adam Summerhayes, concerto violinist turned ultra-modern electric fiddler, with David Gordon, the ‘Hendrix’ of the harpsichord are at Wymondham Abbey (7.30pm).

music (7pm). The Kickstart Sessions showcasing young local bands is at Ketts Park Centre on 29 June (11am to 6pm). Teeside folk duo Megson, described as ‘the most original duo on the British folk scene’ by Robert Denslow of The Guardian, play The Regal (Ex-Services Club) on 29 June (8pm).

Electronic Music at Fairland Church Centre (7.30pm) – Stephen Bennett, lecturer in music at UEA. Norfolk’s festival favourites, The Vagaband are at Central Hall on 4 July (8pm) and Wymondham Roots, an acoustic extravaganza, bursting with local talent created by Wymondham’s own Johnny Steinberg is at Central Hall on 5 July (8pm).

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Families will enjoy the Teddy Bears’ Picnic on 30 June with magical stories from Charlotte Arculus and Christine Hill and music from Hayley Moyses (11am to 1pm King’s Head Meadow). That evening, The Voigt Piano Trio plays Rachmaninov and Schumann at Wymondham Abbey (8pm).

There’s the annual Midsummer Jazz Picnic with Dixie Mix and Theatre of Adventure on 24 June (6pm to 9pm). Lunchtime recitals at Wymondham Then Jazz in The Abbey on 27 June Abbey (1.10pm to 2pm) from 1 July (7.30pm) presents Peter King, rated include Norfolk Winds Quintet, the by Dave Gelly in ‘The Giants Of Jazz’ ‘Charm of Ivor Novello’, and a Britten as…‘the finest alto saxophonist that song recital. Norfolk born concert Britain has ever produced, and one pianist, Rupert Egerton-Smith is of the finest in the world today’ with at the Abbey on the evening of Steve Melling (piano), Owen Morgan 3 July, with a programme featuring (bass) and Roger Odell (drums). Beethoven, Scriabin and Rachmaninov (7.30pm). The Market Place is transformed into 1940s style on 28 June with The Festival lecture on 2 July is Skyliner playing Glenn Miller inspired The Tuneful Electron, A History of

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